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Red Island ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 2.2

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Red Island break guidePhoto by: Kooza

Red Island Surf Guide

Red Island in Hawkes Bay is a quite exposed beach and reef break that does not work very often with no particular seasonal pattern. Works best in offshore winds from the northwest. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights and in addition there are both left and right reef breaks.. Best around mid tide. It's sometimes crowded here.

Red Island Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeach and reefIcon  s22.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
19.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Red Island:

The best conditions reported for surf at Red Island occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Red Island (for consistent clean waves)?

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Red Island with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 18% of the time in June while 35% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 47% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
18%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
35%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
47%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Red Island Location Map

Interactive Red Island surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Red Island is Palmerston North Airport (PMR) in New Zealand, 128 km (80 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Red Island is Taupo Airport (TUO), also in New Zealand, 146 km (91 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Red Island Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 5 March 2021, 21:14 Local Time
FriSaturday 06
10PM1AM4AM7AM
Wave (m) 0.5
E
0.5
E
0.6
NE
0.8
NE
Period (s) 8 8 5 7
Wind (km/h) 15
NW 10
NNW 15
N 20
N
Wind State off cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Red Island

Surf stats for Red Island, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Red Island

Wind stats for Red Island, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Red Island. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s44.0
    Reliability: consistent
    3km away
    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: consistent
    9km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: consistent
    22km away
    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    23km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Red Island:

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